Sunday, July 23, 2017

#AMTA15 Conference Planner

AMTA’s 2015 Conference
November 12 to November 15, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri


It’s conference time! Next week, music therapists from all over the world will gather in Kansas City for the American Music Therapy Association annual conference. I like to organize for conference so that I know where I’m going and when before I get on the plane. Each year, I create a conference planner for myself, and last year, I shared it with all of you. It’s back by popular demand!

Conference can be pretty overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time to attend. The best way to get the most out of conference is to SET A GOAL. What do you want to accomplish by the end of conference? Is it to network, find a job, learn about a specific topic or skill, get the most CMTEs you can (post coming soon on how to do this)? Once you have a goal, you can plan the steps you need to take to accomplish your goal.

Here’s a step-by-step plan to get organized for conference:

  1. Open up this document: Conference planner 2015 Get your Student Conference Planner Here: Student Conference planner 2015 (See this post to learn more about the conference opportunities for students at #AMTA15.)
  2. Open the AMTA 2015 Final Program
  3. Enter all your meetings and locations into the planner first to make sure you don’t miss any obligations.
  4. Look through the program and determine each session you want to attend and enter them, including locations. Don’t worry–you can change your mind whenever you want! But it’s good to have a plan so you can reserve all your brain power for taking in new information, rather than deciding which session to attend and what room it’s in. Remember your goal-are you attending sessions presented by people you want to meet? Are you attending sessions based on a unifying topic for umbrella groupings of CMTEs? Are you interested in learning more about a specific technique or skill?
  5. Print out your guide and put it with your travel information.

If you aren’t quite ready to decide on your sessions until you have the physical program in your hands, then print the planner and take it with you so you can write in your sessions with locations once you get your conference program.

Please let me know whether you are using this planner. Tweet me @JaniceLindstrom or connect on Facebook! See you in Kansas City!

Need help packing? Michelle Erfurt has you covered! Check out her Conference Packing Checklist.

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